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EPA Issues Direct Final Rule on SNURs

October 16, 2015

UNITED STATES - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a direct final rule, imposing significant new use rules on 30 chemicals which were the subject of pre-manufacture notices, as announced in the Federal Register.

Among these substances, nine are subject to consent order under section 5(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and identified that activities “associated with the substances may present unreasonable risk to human health or the environment.” Protective measures that will limit exposures or mitigate the potential unreasonable risk are required.

Persons who intend to manufacture, import or process any of the substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use are required to notify the agency at least 90 days before beginning that activity.

Written adverse or critical comments or notice of intent to submit adverse or critical comments may be submitted until November 2, 2015. In case EPA receives such comments before the deadline, the SNUR will be withdrawn.

Final rule will take effect on December 1, 2015.